Whitefly Palm Beach
Ficus Whitefly Palm Beach
As a resident of Palm Beach County, you have seen the damage caused by the ficus whitefly. Throughout South Florida, ficus hedges have been decimated by this insect, turning what were intended to be nature’s privacy walls into see-through chain link fences. Whiteflies suck nutrients from plants which causes wilting, defoliation and branch dieback.
The good news is that your damaged hedges will very likely recover and thrive with a proper whitefly treatment program combined with our high quality fertilization program.
Following University of Florida treatment guidelines, we at Native Pest Management focus on preventing the ficus whitefly with a systemic insecticide applied to the roots of your ficus trees and hedges. Following this quarterly application, the insecticide is absorbed through transpiration into the plant material, eliminating the ability of whiteflies to feed on or lay eggs on the ficus leaves.
In addition to protecting your ficus from damage, our targeted treatment methods protect beneficial insects that prey on whiteflies, further enhancing the overall health of your landscape.
Spiral Whitefly Palm Beach
The easiest way to determine if you have a spiral whitefly infestation is to walk outside and find the nearest gumbo limbo or coconut palm tree. If the tree is infested, you will see a white, waxy material covering the underside of the palm fronds.
Since whiteflies produce “honeydew”, a sugary substance, you may also notice the growth of black sooty mold on plants, concrete and vehicles underneath infested trees. Honeydew is a preferred food source of ghost ants, often referred to as sugar ants. It is common for people with active whitefly on their property to also be seeing these ants in their home.
If you have a pool, it may look like there is snow in the water and the pool may turn green as whiteflies and their honeydew secretions deplete the chlorine. If your pool is currently suffering from the effects of whiteflies, we recommend an immediate application of systemic insecticides to all host plants in the area and phosphate removal treatments for your pool until the whiteflies are completely eliminated.
Other common host trees and plants of the spiraling whitefly are areca palms, cocoplum, seagrapes, mangos, and live oak trees. Because natural enemies are a critical component of long-term whitefly control, it is important to avoid the foliar spraying of insecticides as much as possible.
If you believe your landscape may be susceptible to a whitefly infestation on one of your trees or plants, call us to schedule your free inspection.